Catching up with Turg---
Maryland improved to 18-7 with the win over Duke, the ‘Terps are 6-6 and tied for sixth in the ACC. They won on Saturday despite 26 turnovers. How does anyone win with 26 turnovers? You shoot 60 percent and then still sweat it down the stretch. Maryland’s NCAA chances improve with the win, but most bracketologist still have them on the outside looking in---although with an improving view.
As for Tad---
KU rips Texas---
The Jayhawks have beaten the Longhorns in eight of their last nine meetings. Texas had only five first half baskets on its way to 21.8 percent shooting. Jeff Withy had another double-double and became the Big 12’s all-time blocks leader. Did you see the 360 degree dunk on a second half breakaway by Ben McLemore? It’s worth checking out. Bill Self is just three wins away from 500 in his career. Where do you think he’ll get it? KU heads to Oklahoma State on Wednesday, before hosting TCU on Saturday. Next, it’s Big Monday at Iowa State—that’s two tough roadies in the next three starts.
After today’s blowout of Baylor, K-State has won 20 or more games in seven straight seasons. Baylor would be a really nice team if they could hang on to the ball; KSU forced 19 turnovers on Saturday and outscored the Bears 22-6 on points off turnovers. The ‘Cats also pulled 16 offensive rebounds and converted 15 second chance points from them. You have to love Angel Rodriguez’ line; 22 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 turnovers.
Of the three teams tied atop the Big 12—Oklahoma State would seem to have the most advantageous schedule, as they have both KU and K-State still to play at home.
Indiana State was outscored by 15 points in the second half at Bradley on Saturday on its way to a second straight loss. I thought it was interesting to hear ISU head coach Gregg Lansing say that he didn’t think his team was ready to win a championship. That was after the loss to Missouri State last Tuesday, after Saturday’s meltdown at Bradley—I’m not sure if the remarks were accurate, or if they became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
WSU at Illinois State---
The Shockers face the hottest team in the Valley on the road tomorrow night. Illinois State finally looks like the team that was forecasted to finish second in the Valley. Since losing by 12 in Wichita to the Shockers, the Redbirds have won seven of eight games by an average margin of 13 points. The Shocks haven’t been good on the road—really good, good enough to beat Illinois State since their January 2 trip into Drake. That was six road games ago. It’ll be really interesting to see if Gregg Marshall continues to expand Fred Van Vleet’s roll at the point. A win by Wichita State tonight is a huge step towards defending their Valley title.
Two games do not a season make, but the baseball Shockers haven’t looked very good through against Pittsburgh. On Friday, in their opener, I mean that literally….their ‘hefty sack bags’ all-black uniforms were awful. On Saturday it was their pitching that was hard on the eyes. Bad beginnings.